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Quotes of the Day for 16 April 2004 – Numbers

On this day in 1929 the New York Yankees took the field with a new concept, now copied by most players in team sports: They each had a unique number on their uniform. Here, then, are a few quotes on Numbers and counting. A few? Nay, better I should say there are six.

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The quotes:

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Quorum, n. A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to have their own way and their own way of having it.
     - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Round numbers are always false.
     - Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information.
     - Heinz R. Pagels

The rule on staying alive as a forcaster is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.
     - Jane Bryant Quinn

It's easy to identify people who can't count to ten. They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane.
     - M. Grundler

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